A typical habit that drains ojas is to begin your day in a worried state, immediately checking email or to-do lists. Rather than hit the ground running, establish a morning ritual that allows you to connect to “the part of you that feels happy to be alive in this human body,” says Quistgard. Create your own a.m. practice—
it could be drinking a cup of tea in your favorite comfy chair. Or light a candle and set an intention for your day. Or try spending a few minutes meditating, journaling, moving through Sun Salutations, or simply petting your dog. “The mind doesn’t always have to come first,” says Quistgard. When you start your day with a moment of contentment, you can revisit that sensation later in the day to protect your ojas when stress levels rise.